(ORDO NEWS) — Pharaoh Tutankhamun ascended the throne as a child and died at a young age. His tomb was discovered exactly one hundred years ago. Those who revealed it died under mysterious circumstances. The series of deaths was called the “curse of the mummy”. And after a century, the secret of the deaths was revealed. This is reported by IFLScience.
In 1923, when the tomb was first excavated, there were several deaths from unknown causes among members of the team of archaeologists. At least 6 people died and one of them, Lord Carnavon, died quickly after the grave was opened. At that time, journalists picked up this story and inflated it into a huge legend with curses of pharaohs and mummies.
Scientists initially assumed that Lord Carnavon died of sepsis caused by a mosquito bite he received while opening the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun in Egypt. From time to time, various experts raised the question of the possible existence of the “curse of mummies” and studied other options for the death of people who visited the tombs.
In further studies, it was hypothesized that the death of archaeologists by poisoners is related to the possible presence of air inside the tomb, which has not been opened for many centuries. This air could contain bacteria, mold spores, and other harmful microorganisms that caused disease and quickly destroyed the body.
Aspergillus pathogen can be one of such harmful microorganisms. It is a fungus that can be found in dirt, dust and air and has the ability to cause acute respiratory infections, especially in people with weakened immune systems. Although there is no concrete confirmation that this particular fungus was present in the tomb and caused the deaths, it is possible that it was one of the components of the toxic air that led to the death of the archaeologists.
Pharaoh Tutankhamun, also known as King Tut, was an ancient Egyptian pharaoh who ruled during the 18th dynasty (New Kingdom period) of ancient Egypt, specifically from around 1332 to 1323 BCE. He ascended to the throne at a young age, around nine years old, and reigned for approximately nine years until his death.
Tutankhamun’s significance in history largely stems from the discovery of his intact tomb by archaeologist Howard Carter in 1922. The tomb, located in the Valley of the Kings near modern-day Luxor, Egypt, contained a wealth of treasures and artifacts, providing valuable insights into the burial practices and material culture of ancient Egypt.
The discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb garnered worldwide attention due to the remarkable preservation of the contents and the riches found within. The tomb contained a variety of funerary objects, including his iconic golden burial mask, chariots, furniture, jewelry, weapons, and other items intended to accompany him in the afterlife.
Tutankhamun’s reign itself was relatively unremarkable compared to other significant pharaohs in ancient Egypt’s history. He is believed to have been the son of Pharaoh Akhenaten and Queen Kiya. During his reign, Tutankhamun is known to have restored traditional religious practices that had been suppressed during the reign of his predecessor, Akhenaten, who promoted a monotheistic worship of the sun god, Aten.
Tutankhamun’s death at a young age remains somewhat mysterious. Studies of his mummified remains suggest that he likely suffered from various health issues, including a broken leg that may have become infected, which could have contributed to his death. However, the exact cause of his death is still a subject of debate among historians and scientists.
Despite his relatively short reign and limited historical impact, the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb and its treasures captured the public’s imagination and sparked a renewed interest in ancient Egyptian civilization. The artifacts from his tomb continue to be exhibited in museums around the world, allowing people to admire the craftsmanship and beauty of ancient Egypt.
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